The Highest Compliment
The best holiday present I got this year was messages like these.
Of Corpses and Kimonos
Masako Hojo was not a walking corpse. Not that you'd know it, from the way I drew her clothes.
Nog Prizes 3-5
In which I am corrected on Athena's shield, Irish mythology, and the identity of Tomyris's foe!
Jeanne de Clisson: vanished, or faded?
In which I'm called out regarding the later life of Jeanne de Clisson, and I define the scope of the project.
Nog Prize #6: Cyrus and Croesus were not bros
A reader brought to my attention that Cyrus the Great actually set Croesus on fire, so yeah - depicting them as best buds was probably somewhat inaccurate.
When flying cannibal ghosts kidnapped two women, there was no man that could save them. But there was a woman.
Christine de Pizan
When her husband unexpectedly died, she rolled up her sleeves and became one of the greatest authors of the age to keep food on the table. She wrote passionate defenses of her gender (and military treatises!) that were centuries ahead of their time.
To save an oncoming passenger train, this 15-year-old girl climbed across a collapsing bridge, with nothing but flashes of lightning to keep her from falling to her death in the flooding river below -- a river that had already killed her father.
The "Last of the Aboriginal Tasmanians" (she wasn't) used brains, brawn, and sheer will to carve a place for herself, even as the world was collapsing around her.
The Valiant Ladies of Potosi
Eustaquia de Souza and Ana Lezama de Urinza, two sword-and-gun-toting lesbian teen vigilantes - 17th century Bolivia's answer to Batman.